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Fransman officially back on ANC election campaign trail

Fransman turned up for the ANC’s door-to-door campaign in Philippi, alongside President Jacob Zuma.

Embattled ANC WC leader Marius Fransman in Philippi with other PEC members. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Embattled Western Cape African National Congress (ANC) leader Marius Fransman is officially back on the election campaign trail after he was given the green light by Luthuli House to resume his duties.

Fransman was asked to step down from his position earlier this year to allow a probe into claims he sexually assaulted a woman who was working for him.

Louisa Wynand, aged 21, opened a criminal case against him in January but it remains unclear whether he'll face charges.

The party's provincial leadership was informed about Fransman's return yesterday morning.

He turned up for the party's door-to-door campaign in Philippi where he welcomed President Jacob Zuma with a smile and a hug.

Fransman says he is concentrating on the campaign.

"We must all works hard to make sure that the ANC is victorious everywhere in the Western Cape, especially to the people on the ground we are saying lets unify, consolidate and make sure that the ANC live."

The decision by Luthuli House to support Fransman comes as a surprise, because a leaked internal party report apparently recommended he relinquish all politically-elected positions within the ANC.